Unedited transcript of "Election Observation Missions: Making Them Count" conference, held on April 29, 2005.
The fourth installment in the Africa Program's Occasional Paper Series, by former World Bank Vice President Callisto Madavo, assesses past struggles and future prospects for economic, political and social development on the continent.
The Wilson Center holds a new capacity-building workshop for the highest tier of the newly elected Burundian Government as part of its ongoing training series.
French; Original : "Rebuilding Peace and State Capacity in War-Torn Burundi." Translated by Maguy Makusudi
With Howard Wolpe, Director of the Woodrow Wilson Center Africa Program, and former Special Envoy to the Great Lakes Region
The conflict minerals movement is gaining traction. The movement is a pragmatic effort to address one of the principal drivers of atrocities and conflict throughout Congo’s tortured history: the scramble for control of Congo's vast mineral resources. In eastern Congo today, these mineral resources are financing multiple armed groups, many of whom use mass rape as a deliberate strategy to intimidate and control local populations. Armed groups and military units earn hundreds of millions of dollars per year by trading four main minerals: the ores that produce tin, tantalum, tungsten, and gold. This money enables the militias to self-finance their campaign of brutal violence against civilians, with some of the worst abuses occurring in mining areas.
English; May 2006